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High Point Regional Health System Receives $380,000 Grant to Help Those with Mental Illness

11/22/2010

High Point Regional Health System received a $380,000 grant, which will be used in collaboration with the Mental Health Association in High Point to establish an outpatient treatment services for needy adults who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. The grant is from The Duke Endowment.

"I am thrilled about this grant and the support it will enable the community to provide to patients coming out of our hospital," said Kitty Stafford, Behavioral Health clinical director at High Point Regional. "For the past five years, there has been a tremendous gap in outpatient therapy services available in our community. This grant will provide patients with an opportunity to receive ongoing, outpatient therapy and hopefully prevent re-hospitalization."

Thanks to the grant, between 450 and 500 patients annually from the hospital who would otherwise have no access to outpatient treatment will receive care. Mental illness statistics are both alarming and growing. In fact, more than 27,000 residents in Guilford County suffer from mental illness and with N.C. Mental Health Reform, these numbers are increasing.

"With the increase in psychiatric patients seen in the Emergency Department, the problem of where to seek outpatient services has placed a huge strain on the system, said Meg Cashion, Emergency Department manager at High Point Regional. "We are extremely fortunate to have been the recipient of this grant. This will assist us in providing the follow-up care that is seriously needed."

As a result, there is a lack of available resources to serve indigent patients who are discharged from hospitals with no plan for necessary individual therapy. As a result of this grant, High Point Regional and the Mental Health Association will provide outpatient services in conjunction with medication management for increases positive outcomes.

High Point Regional will develop the patient's aftercare plan and facilitates a timely referral to the Mental Health Association. The Mental Health Association will make personal contact with the patient to increase the likelihood of follow-through with aftercare/discharge planning for outpatient services and medication management.

The Duke Endowment, located in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by improving lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services. Since its inception, the Endowment has awarded nearly $2.7 billion in grants.

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